The Gift of Peace

I once made an attempt to remind my little corner of the world what unity looked like because it seemed we had forgotten. I wrote a post called Good + Right when the political climate was heated. It wasn't a political post, it was mostly about the heart of God. And here I am finding myself writing another post, a few years later, this time about the human heart.

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A Step Back

My blog has been like a dry dessert for a good long while, but I'm ready to start writing again. Part of it might have to do with a recent life change. I made the decision to leave my job last week which was one of the hardest decision I've ever had to make. I was a coordinator for a teen mom ministry, but my resignation had nothing to do with my teen mama friends.

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The Short on Longing

Comfort is not God’s primary objective for your life.

I heard those words in church today. As strange as it may sound, it gave me hope. Honestly, I’m a little uncomfortable with the ways things are going for me on the daily. I admitted my discontentment and longing to a few others recently, and it wasn’t easy.

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PSA: Don’t Run Alone

Last night I got out my old Runner’s World Magazines to search for a 6-week plan to train for a 5k. I found one from April of 2010 and let me just say, it is NOT a couch to 5k training plan. It looks a little intense in preparation for a 3.1 mile run, but I thought I’d do my best to follow it anyway.

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So I’m starting this 12-day writing challenge. The first prompt is the word “word” and I don’t have much of anything to say so my title is going to be just that. I’m only going to be able to write a few sentences because I am exhausted. Maybe that will be the word-exhausted.

Well I got my word so I will just leave it at that. Hopefully tomorrow’s post won’t be as pathetic as this one. Good-night.

EDIT: I ended up writing for a few of those days over on Instagram @juliannewrites instead of here. [ read more ]

What Does Help

Last Sunday, I sat in church and listened to a message about anxiety and depression. The guest pastor said please don’t tell someone they just need to trust God more. He added, it might make someone want to punch you in the face. Like I said, those comments don’t typically help, but today I want to talk about what does help!

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Father Forgive Them

I’ve read a lot of articles lately on how “the church” or Christians need to stop adding to the stigma of depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder. I happen to agree. I also happen to believe “the church” is made up of flawed humans just like you and me. And those flawed humans (myself included) ought to be forgiven because they know not what they say and do.

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What Doesn’t Help

I was planning to revisit my last blog post, but I’m just going to say three things about it. #1: I don’t do well under stress. #2 It’s okay to BE YOURSELF #3: God helped me with all the things! Later, I plan to write more about that, but today I want to talk about depression and anxiety.

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Lord, Keep Us Sane

I’m barely hanging on today. It sucks to admit that. I can always tell when I’ve reached my limit when it comes to stress. The first sign is my vocab. I start to cuss. If you don’t ever feel stressed AND you never swear, please just stop reading this now.

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The Art of Dependency

Dependency. I’ve always struggled in that area. It’s the whole idea of not NEEDing help because I can do it myself. As a child, I could tie my shoes, pick out my own clothes (didn’t care if they didn’t match). I could color and cut and paste my own projects. I could even brush my own hair (although I rarely ever did). I didn’t want or need anyone else’s help. Some of it was because of my stubbornness. Mostly, I just wanted to be able to do all the things.

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